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    Meyer Ranch Fire

    April 23, 9:00 a.m.
    The crews on the Meyer Ranch Fire achieved 100 percent containment yesterday evening as expected. Snowfall in the area, while a favorable change in the weather, raises some concern for the safety of crews as they navigate the slippery rock terrain inspecting the area for hot spots and beginning clean up of tools and fire hose.

    Incident Commander, Scott Halladay, commended the crews for their outstanding work yesterday. "Everything on the fire line looks excellent. Thank you for all your efforts," said Halladay at the morning briefing. Jefferson County Fire Management Officer, Rocco Snart, added, "Day three and we remain without injury, so be diligent and be safe."

    The crews expect to finish mop-up today between noon and 2:00 pm. At that time, the San Carlos crew will head back to Woodland Park where they will remain available for any Colorado wildfire emergencies, and Elk Creek Fire and Rescue will continue to monitor the area.

    April 22, 5:00 p.m.
    As of 5:00 p.m., full containment is still expected at approximately 8:00 p.m. In spite of high winds, crews continue to work effectively on the fire line. Jefferson County Sheriff will monitor the area through the evening. Elk Creek Fire, Jefferson County Type 6, and the San Carlos hand crew will continue to mop up tomorrow. No additional resources are needed for the Meyer Ranch Fire. 

    Sheriff's Office Opening Tipline for Meyer Ranch Fire
    The Meyer Ranch fire appears to be one of several started along Highway 285 in the area of Meyer Ranch, Parmalee Gulch and Richmond Hill. Sheriff’s investigators are urging citizens to contact the tipline at 303-271-5612 to provide information regarding unusual activity or suspicious persons in the area between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. The area of concern is Highway 285 between Parmalee Gulch and Richmond Hill. 

    April 22, 1:25 p.m.
    Fire is now 50 percent contained; 100 percent containment expected around 8:00 p.m. No additional resources are needed.

    There is still active burning in forest litter and creeping fire through grass. The Type 2 hand crew will be on scene on Saturday for continued mop-up of the area. 

    April 22, 8:55 a.m.
    The fire remains at 40 acres with 20 percent containment. Today, firefighters will focus on containment and putting out hotspots. Winds are expected to be high today.

    Evacuations remain in place. Officials will be allowing evacuated residents to return to their homes at 9 a.m., briefly, with a deputy escort, to obtain medication and other necessities. Residents will be asked to present identification at the roadblock. 

    April 21, 7:25 p.m.
    The Meyer Ranch fire is now approximately 20 percent contained. The fire is at 40 acres. Fire crews will be staying on the fire overnight to hold containment. 

     April 21, 5:00 p.m.
    The fire burning near Meyer Ranch Open Space park is at 20 acres. It is 0 percent contained. Fifty firefighters from seven agencies are on scene. The SEAT has made one drop and a type-2 helicopter is dropping water on the fire. 

    April 21, 4:30 p.m. - New Fire at Meyer Ranch Park
    A fire is burning near Highway 285 at Meyer Ranch Open Space park. The fire is currently approximately 12 acres.

    Some homes in the area have been evacuated, on Hillview, Valley High Road, Bobsled Trail and Fairall Road. An e911 call went out to 62 phones (that does not necessarily mean 62 homes as some are likely mobile phones).

    Evacuation point is Conifer High School. Large animals may be taken to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

    A single-engine air tanker is dropping retardant on the fire. More air support is en route.

    April 23, 2011

    Last Updated: 5-31-2013